Concerts at The Chapel Park Lane, Norwich

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, NR2 3EF
Friday 24th July 2015, 7:00pm
Kamus Quartet

  • Terhi Paldanius violin    Jukka Untamala violin
  • Jussi Tuhkanen viola    Petja Kainulainen cello
  • Path to Voces Intimae: a Sibelius 150th anniversary
  • Jean Sibelius: Allegro appassionata in C sharp minor
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara: String Quartet No.1
  • Jean Sibelius: String quartet in D minor “Voces intimae”

Kamus Quartet website

Sunday 13th September 2015, 6:30pm
Benedict Nelson – baritone
Joseph Middleton – piano

  • Programme:
  • Schubert: Winterreise

Benedict Nelson website

Joseph Middleton website

Sunday 20th September 2015, 6:30pm
Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer – lyric soprano
Ammiel Bushakevitz – piano

  • French mélodies including:
  • Joseph Canteloube: Baïlèro (Chant de bergers de Haute-Auvergne)
  • Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris
  • Reynaldo Hahn: Quand la nuit n’est pas étoilée
  • Henri Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre
  • Léo Delibes: Les filles de Cadiz
  • Claude Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Ammiel Bushakevitz website

Sunday 11th October 2015, 6:30pm
Zelkova Quartet

  • Caroline Pether violin    Simran Singh violin
  • Alex Mitchell viola    Jonathan Pether cello
  • Programme:
  • Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op.18/2
  • Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op.51/2

Zelkova Quartet website

Sunday 25th October 2015, 6:30pm
Aleksandar Djermanovic – piano

  • Programme:
  • Beethoven: Sonata in C major, Op.2 No.3
  • Medtner: 2 Fairy Tales, Op.20
  • Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op.17

Baroque Evening
Sunday 1st November 2015, 6:30pm

  • John Crockatt & Jim O’Toole baroque violins
  • Natasha Kraemer baroque cello
  • Tom Foster harpsichord
  • Programme:
  • Music by Biber, Farina, Purcell, Bach & Geminiani

Sunday 8th November 2015, 6:30pm
Hoffmeister Trio

with Jonathan Wortley – piano

  • Jane Faulkner violin    Frank Cliff viola
  • Ursula Pank cello
  • Programme:
  • Schubert: String Trio movement in B flat, D471
  • Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio
  • Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.60

Friday 13th November 2015, 7:30pm
Contempo Quartet

  • Bogdan Sofei violin    Ingrid Nicola violin
  • Andreea Banciu viola    Adrian Mantu cello
  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Quartet in D major, K575, ‘Prussian’
  • Tan Dun: Eight Colours for String Quartet
  • Bartók: Romanian Dances

Contempo Quartet website

Sunday 29th November 2015, 6:30pm

  • David Le Page violin    Clare O’Connell cello
  • Ian Watson accordion
  • Folk Tales: music from Romania and Hungary
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances
  • Bartók: Duos (violin & cello)
  • Kodály: Gankino Horo – intermezzo (accordion)
  • and traditional Bohemian Songs & Czardas arranged for violin, cello & accordion

Chroma website

Sunday 13th December 2015, 12:00 noon
Fauré Quartet

  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1, K478
  • Mussorgsky arr. Gruzman: Pictures at an Exhibition

Fauré Quartet website

Music in Norwich printed edition

Music in Norwich cover

Music in Norwich cover

Download pdf file here MiN autumn 2015 to email

Click on the link below the image to download a pdf version (approx 4 MB) of the Music in Norwich calendar with concerts from April to September (and a bit beyond). Please feel free to distribute it to your networks. Hard copies will be available from Tourist Information Centre, Prelude Records, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Cathedral and many other venues in Norwich and surrounding area

Cristina Ortiz at John Innes Centre Saturday 7 February

The outstanding Brazilian pianist Cristina Ortiz is at the John Innes Centre this Saturday for a Chopin recital which includes two of his great sonatas as well as the Barcarolle & Fantasie – a chance in a lifetime! Booking as below;-

John Innes Centre, Norwich
Saturday 7th February 2015, 7:30pm

Cristina Ortiz – piano

Fantaisie Op.49 in F minor
Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Barcarolle, Op.60
Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58

BOX OFFICE: PRELUDE 25b St Giles, Norwich 01603 628319


Lunchtime concert at Anteros Arts Foundation 6 February 1.10pm

Two Norwich School Sixth Formers

will be performing at the Anteros Arts Foundation on Friday 6th February 2015 at 1.10 pm.

The King of Hearts cafe next door does excellent, reasonably priced lunches, both before and after the concert.


Bach  Mozart  Bozza

Bach  Beethoven  Rachmaninov


The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich 10 July

The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich
Thursday 10 July 2014 7.30pm

From Venice to Hamburg

‘Seventeenth-century Jazz’
Italian and German music in the ‘Stylus Phantasticus’
works by Schmelzer, Marini, Froberger and others

Unusual music for unusual instruments!

A summer concert of instrumental music presents a fascinating programme exploring seventeenth-century links between Italy and Germany, in the exuberant style known as Stylus Phantasticus.

Many of the composers are not well known, but it is wonderfully imaginative music and you know by now the Bach Players’ knack of putting together marvellous programmes of top quality lesser known works. Nothing dusty or straight-laced here!

It is also a chance to discover the exciting sounds of the cornetto, sackbut and dulcian. The concert has been entitled ‘seventeenth-century jazz’ because in the course of the tutti pieces each instrument also has a virtuosic solo demonstrating the skill of the player and the special sound of the instrument.

Do not miss this uplifting concert, warm sounds and catchy rhythms uniting to create a perfect summer entertainment, with drinks in the Octagon garden at the interval.

Thursday 10 July 2014 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel
Norwich NR3 1BN

also at St John’s Downshire Hill,
Hampstead, London
Saturday 12 July 2014
8.15 pm

Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50
Students: £5 (on the door only)
Under-18s: free

online, from Ticket Source

or from Prelude Records
25B St Giles Street
Norwich NR2 1JN
phone 01603 628319

and on the door

Tonight Saturday 21 June Academy of St Thomas Concert at Salle Church

Academy of St Thomas
conductor Matthew Andrews
soloist Catherine May (conductor’s wife!)

Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Mozart Exsultate Jubilate
Copland Quiet City 
Ives The Unanswered Question
Haydn Symphony 85 ‘La Reine.’

Salle Church 7.30 pm

The Academy of St Thomas was founded in 1973 and has been promoting high calibre concerts in the region ever since. The players of the Academy are drawn from professional musicians and peripatetic teachers who donate their talents in order to play in a high-standard orchestra. Concerts have been acclaimed for their high professional standards and exhilarating performances under the direction of conductor Christopher Adey. 

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Norwich High School Musician in Residence opportunity

is looking for a

MUSICIAN-IN-RESIDENCE, from September 2014

Norwich High School is seeking to appoint a Musician-in-Residence from September 2014 to March 2015 to join our thriving and busy Music Department.  Many girls learn a musical instrument and contribute to the musical life of the school and there are regular concerts and performances both in the school and at prestigious venues in the region and nationally.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic musician to join the Music Department whose role will be to help nurture an appreciation of Music and to inspire girls to develop a lifelong love of Music.  

The post is likely to include a small amount of Key Stage Three classroom teaching, leading music groups, senior ensembles, jazz and popular music. A contribution to supporting the department, concerts and productions would also be expected both through coaching and performing.

It is anticipated that the post would involve part-time work in the school across two to three days per week as well as occasional evening commitments to support rehearsals and performances.   An honorarium of up to £1,000 per month is available for the post.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and covering letter to the Headmaster by Tuesday 20th May outlining how you would seek to contribute to the school in this post.  If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Mrs H Dolding, Assistant Head (Co-curricular).

A:  95 Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2HU
T:  01603 453265

 Norwich High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Offer of appointment is subject to satisfactory references and DBS check.


10th NORTH NORFOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL 12-24 AUGUST 2014 by Tony Cooper

12-24 AUGUST 2014

North Norfolk Music Festival forges ahead with a brilliant and entertaining programme for its tenth annual festival.

Tony Cooper reports
One of the most promising classical music festivals to surface in Norfolk over the past decade is that of the North Norfolk Festival founded by world arts traveller Barry Cheeseman and the distinguished British viola player Simon Rowland-Jones.

This year’s festival runs from Tuesday 12th to Sunday 24th August and a host of distinguished performers are heading to South Creake – the hub, energy and epicentre of the festival – to perform in the wonderful and inviting medieval church of St Mary which harbours a great 15th-century angel roof.

The outstanding British soprano Joan Rodgers – who has sung the world over from Aix-en-Provence to The Met working with the likes of Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim – gets the festival off to a flying start on Wednesday 13th (7pm) in St Mary’s singing Poulenc’s L’histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant accompanied by the pianist Gary Matthewman who took part in the first festival while Simon Rowland-Jones will join Gary in Britten’s Lachrymae for viola and piano. The concert ends with a piece by Rowland-Jones entitled A Turn Outside which is almost a one-woman opera with piano and viola accompaniment and a tour-de-force for the singer. Written by Stevie Smith, the piece – originally a play for the Third programme which featured the writer – takes one into the complex and heart-rending mind of a woman facing death.

The festival takes off to Holkham the next day (Thursday, 14th, 7pm) for a concert by the Doric String Quartet in the marvellous setting of the Marble Hall of Holkham Hall, the grand Palladian-style mansion designed by William Kent for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. They’ll play Haydn and Schubert plus Janáček’s deeply-passionate second string quartet (Intimate Letters) inspired by his long and spiritual friendship with Kamila Stösslová, a married woman 38 years his junior.

The complete Bach cello suites will be performed for the first time at the festival over three concerts in St Mary’s featuring John Myerscough (of the Doric Quartet), Bartholomew LaFollette and Philip Higham on Friday, 15th (5pm) and on Saturday, 16th (11am and 3pm). And later on the same day (8pm) singers from some of the country’s leading vocal groups come together as Floreat Sonus to perform a programme of late compositions by two celebrated composers of the Renaissance. One can marvel at Giovanni Palestrina’s renowned mass setting Missa Assumpta est Maria and Thomas Tallis’ monumental work Gaude gloriosa Dei mater while Marian settings by English composers, William Byrd and John Taverner, add that little bit extra to what promises a spiritually-uplifting concert.

The organisers are very excited about the first visit to South Creake by the Swiss-Chinese pianist, Louis Schwizgebel, currently a BBC New Generation Artist. He has been described as ‘a pianist with a profound gift’ by The Guardian and an ‘insightful musician’ by The New York Times. His programme in St Mary’s (Saturday, 16th, 8pm) comprises three great works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries one of which includes Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, one of the most original, evocative and technically-demanding pieces ever written for piano.

The Doric String Quartet teams up with Bartholomew LaFollette in St Mary’s (Sunday, 17th, 3pm) for the première of Simon Rowland-Jones’ new quartet inspired by Caravaggio’s great painting, The Beheading of St John the Baptist, completed in 1608 and commissioned by the Knights of Malta as an altarpiece for St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta where it still can be admired. The recital ends with Schubert’s C major string quintet and opens with Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’ quartet. Later in the day St Mary’s will host a song recital (7pm) featuring the distinguished tenor John Mark Ainsley accompanied by Iain Burnside performing works by George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, Frank Bridge and John Ireland.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the festival, a special celebratory concert will be held in St Mary’s (Monday, 18th, 7.30pm) featuring Laura Samuel (violin), Alasdair Tait (cello), Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) and Carole Presland (piano). They’ll be joined by Benjamin Harrison (viola) and Peter Buckoke (double-bass). Two large-scale works make up the best part of their programme: Mendelssohn’s rarely-heard D major sextet for piano and strings and Schubert’s Trout Quintet, which, despite its popularity, has never been performed at the festival. Before the concert (5.30pm) BBC3 broadcaster Susan Sharpe will be in conversation with festival directors Barry Cheeseman and Simon Rowland-Jones talking about the past decade with a peep into the future.

The young, talented, prize-winning soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis – winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers 2006 – will be accompanied by the pianist Jonathan Papp for a song recital at St Mary’s (Tuesday, 19th, 5pm) devoted to works by De Falla, Rachmaninov and Richard Strauss while in the evening (8pm) the renowned Sacconi String Quartet will be joined by Simon Rowland-Jones for a performance of his second string quintet ‘Trouvaille’ while the quartet opens with Haydn’s string quintet ‘Der Geburtstag’ and closes with Mozart’s D major string quintet.

Melvyn Tan – who has a formidable reputation as a versatile keyboard player – makes his third appearance at St Mary’s (Wednesday, 20th, 5.30pm) playing Chopin but also including works by Liszt and offering the rare chance of comparing Chopin’s Nocturnes to those by Irish composer, John Field, who first coined the term for this particular form of romantic piano piece.

The festival travels to East Raynham on Thursday, 21st, 6pm, for a concert in St Mary’s in which the celebrated Swedish lutenist, Jakob Lindberg, will include in his programme Balcarres Lute Book and Bach’s G minor suite for solo lute. And it’s back to South Creake the following day (Friday, 22nd, 7pm) for an evening of opera in St Mary’s with singers from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden performing scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Il corsaro and Don Carlo, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Bellini’s I Capuleti ed I Montecchi.

Formed in 2012 and directed by Eloisa-Fleur Thom, 12 Ensemble, England’s only professional non-conducted string orchestra comprising a dozen élite young instrumentalists, will be in concert at St Mary’s on Saturday, 23rd, 3pm, performing William Walton’s neglected but magnificent Sonata for Strings which the ensemble will be performing for a special concert for the Walton Trust at La Mortella in Ischia where Walton lived with his wife Susana. The programme also includes Tchaikovsky’s wonderfully-romantic work Serenade for Strings. In the evening (7pm) St Mary’s will host the St Petersburg-born soprano Ilona Domnich accompanied by pianist Benjamin Frith singing arias from Verdi’s La Traviata, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Puccini’s La Rondine while piano items include works by Rachmaninov and Chopin.

The final concert in St Mary’s (Sunday, 24th, 3pm) reunites the festival’s original octet team – the Carducci and Brodowski string quartets – for what promises a marvellous and entertaining concert ending with Mendelssohn’s unsurpassed masterpiece for the medium while Simon Rowland-Jones’ octet, dating from 1989, will close the programme and mark the end of another festival.

Happy festival-going!

Box office: 01328 730357








Tonight at Open Dave Okumu with Shingai Shoniwa 8pm

This Festival premiere brings together Shingai Shoniwa from The Noisettes with twice Mercury nominated producer Dave Okumu and his band The Invisible.

Shingai and Dave have been commissioned by Serious to write a piece titled Stars Align that draws on the pair’s African heritage and features a 20-strong East London choir.

Norfolk & Norwich festival will premiere this very special collaboration, along with other music written by Shoniwa and Okumu, exclusive new tracks from The Invisible’s third album (due on Ninja Tune later this year), and drastic reworkings of Noisettes classics like Don’t Upset The Rhythm and Never Forget You.

Following on from producing Jessie Ware’s Mercury NominatedDevotion album, Dave Okumu has been working with Grace Jones, Anna Calvi, Paloma Faith and Kwabs. 

Performance finishes: c. 11pm

“Shingai Shoniwa is a living, breathing manifestation of the rock & roll spirit, with a voice that is equal parts Iggy Pop and Billie Holiday” Rolling Stone

15+ accompanied by an adult

Stars Align is commissioned by Serious as part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial.

Visit Outline’s website here for an interview with Dave Okumu